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Building Supplies: Why Material Quality is Vital to Final Quality

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We've all run into this issue at some point or another: you find something - whether it's an appliance, article of clothing or tool - that has an amazing price and you've just got to buy it. A few hours, days or weeks down the road, you realize why it was such a bargain - it's junk! The same applies to building supplies. When you purchase better quality material, you'll reap the benefits for years down the road. Here's a close look at the issues that can arise when your material quality is sub par compared to what should have been used in the first place.

I remember the first time I ran into this problem with building materials: I was at an auction and ran across a whole case of wood screws that went for a song. I was set up for years - unfortunately. The first time I put the screws to use, the heads completely stripped out - leaving them sticking out of the wood I was trying to secure and a lot of work with a vise grip pliers to get them back out again. Every time I grabbed a box thinking I'd just be really careful, the same thing happened, time and again. I still have the screws, lurking somewhere in my workshop, waiting for some poor unexpected soul to pick them up and use them instead of just running to the store for a decent batch.

Unstable BuildingThere are countless examples where poor material quality can lead to issues in the final structure. Poor materials contributed to the Sampoong Department Store collapse in 1995, killing over 500 people and injuring nearly 1,000 more. At the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Ukraine, it was speculated that the engineering knowledge of an administrator caused poor-quality concrete to be diverted from the power plant construction to less critical construction. Who knows how much worse the nuclear disaster there would have been had he chosen to simply use the poor-quality concrete.

How can you ensure that you're getting good material quality for your projects? Part of this process is tied into the specifications prepared for each job, which require a specific type of material or minimum standards to ensure that the project meets the bare minimums. For projects that are not that in-depth in terms of materials, you can spend a large amount of time checking everything you have coming in, but that is often not an advantageous use of your time and effort. Many contractors choose instead to partner with a building products supplier who will provide them with only good-quality building materials - minimizing the amount of time the contractor must spend chasing down quality control issues when they need to be working. Good materials suppliers will often catch quality control issues before the material has left their warehouse and you'll never even know there was a potential problem in the first place.

Material quality can make a huge difference in the final quality of your project, with differences from just a few extra perks to a serious advantage in overall performance. If you need help finding the right materials for your project, our experienced associates at all our locations are always ready to help. Please feel free to contact Wallboard Supply Company to find high quality material for your project today.

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Wallboard Supply Company is a third generation, family run business that has been serving New England's building needs since 1970. Bob Filion started the company with a commitment to provide quality drywall and finishing products with unmatched customer service. The company has grown over the years, expanding its' product range, but never wavering from its' core values.